DELPHOS — Members of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association have approved a three-year contract retroactive to Jan. 1.

If passed by Delphos City Council in 30 days, police officers and sergeants employed by the Delphos Police Department will see a 2-percent raise each year of the contract and a step was also added to the pay scale with employees seeing a 2-percent raise in their fourth and fifth years and a 25-cent raise after six years. The former scale was 0-6 years and after six years.

Sick pay will accumulate at .046 hours for each hour worked and all reference to dispatchers was removed from the contract as the department no longer employs them.

Salary and pay rates for non-bargaining employees and department supervisors will also go up 2 percent retroactive to Jan. 1.

Council passed an ordinance setting the pay for the safety service director, chief of police, chief of fire, water superintendent, wastewater superintendent, maintenance superintendent, parks and maintenance superintendent, administrative sergeant of police, assistant wastewater superintendent, assistant water superintendent, full-time administrative assistant and deputy auditor.

Also under the ordinance, auxiliary patrolmen will be paid $11 per hour; and two part-time records clerks will be paid $12.24 per hour.

Volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel will be paid as follows:

— $25 per transport for EMT-basic; $30 per transport for EMT-Intermediate; and $35 for Paramedic;

— volunteer firefighters will be paid $10 per hour per call; and

— rescue personnel will be paid $10 per run for stand-by status and non-transport calls.

Ohio’s General Assembly will receive a resolution from Delphos and many other city and village governments opposing Governor John Kasich’s proposed 2017-18 budget, which includes centralized collection of net profit tax returns (businesses) and other provisions related to the local income tax, which will result in a substantial loss of income by the city and others.

The resolution states that “the proposal for a state takeover of collection of the income taxes is a clear attack on the home-rule powers granted to municipal corporations by the Ohio Constitution;” and “includes provisions that would eliminate portion of the sales knows as “throwback,” substantially reducing reportable income tax revenue to municipalities with warehouses, distribution centers, and any business providing online sales.”

According to Mayor Michael Gallmeier, the governor’s proposal also includes a 1-percent fee the state will keep to collect the taxes.

“They are basically saying they are going to come in and take over our income tax collection and then charge us for doing it,” Gallmeier said.

Gallmeier said many area municipalities were also considering the legislation.

The measure also points out the fact that the state budget has continually reduced Local Government Funds, eliminated the Estate Tax and accelerated phase-out of promised reimbursements for loss of revenue due to the repeal of the Tangible Personal Property Tax, all resulting in a loss of revenue for local governments.

The resolution also notes only local municipalities can ensure prompt and proper auditing of local tax returns to ensure all applicable deductions and declarations are reported, ensuring all taxpayers pay their fair share without causing higher costs of compliance for all and without burdensome and costly restrictions such as the governor’s proposal.

Council heard on first reading an ordinance establishing the pay rates and ranges for seasonal and recreational employees. The pay range for the pool director is set at $10 an hour for a pre-season rate not to exceed 30 hours and a seasonal pay range of $509-06-$626.32 weekly not to exceed 16 weeks. Lifeguards will be paid $6.15 to the state minimum wage and pool staff and concession stand workers will make from $4.96 to $5.95 per hour. The hourly pay range for a head lifeguard is $9 per hour.

Pay for seasonal employees in the Parks Department is $4.85-$6.85 per hour and seasonal employees in the Maintenance, Water and Sewer departments will make the state minimum wage. The pay range for the recreation director will be $281.22-$351.52 a week not to exceed 18 weeks.

Safety Service Director Shane Coleman told council the city is taking applications to fill seasonal positions at the pool and in the Parks Department. Applications are available at the city building.

An ordinance repealing a section of the water ordinance regarding fees for fire lines for businesses was also passed, along with an ordinance allowing for the purchase of materials and commodities throughout the year; and a resolution establishing the policy and the intent of the city to sell unneeded, obsolete or unfit property through

Councilman Mark Clement voiced his concern, as he has in the past, that there is a local auction house and he would prefer, if it is cost-effective, for the city to use it.

“This ordinance doesn’t keep us from doing that,” Coleman explained. “It just allows for us to use the online auction if we choose.”

Coleman is again asking any resident who has not scheduled an appointment to have their water meter changed to do so.

“We have a little more than 500 meters left to install in this project and if we still have residents who have not made an appointment, we will start going door-to-door to see what the problem is,” Coleman said.

Failure to have a meter changed when the new system fully comes online could result in loss of service.

Coleman also asked for council’s approval of spending $19,000 on a new SCADA system for the wastewater treatment plant and $33,000 for a new police cruiser. Coleman said the new computerized system for the plant is part of the planned improvements and the cruiser needs to be ordered in a timely manner. Both items are part of the 2017 Budget.